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Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

Kubrick’s film about the wrong finger on the nuclear button stars an unforgettable Peter Sellers.

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USA-UK 1963
Dir Stanley Kubrick
With Peter Sellers, George C Scott, Sterling Hayden, Keenan Wynn
Digital 4K
Certificate PG
A Park Circus release

Adapted from sci-fi novel Red Alert by Peter George, Kubrick’s tour-de-force of political satire feels unnervingly prescient in the context of current global politics. Set mainly within legendary production designer Ken Adam’s imposing war-room, Dr. Strangelove... charts an absurd but inexorable path towards nuclear oblivion that’s triggered when an unhinged American general believes the Russians have caused his impotency. With a razor-sharp script and dazzling performances, the film critiques America’s fixation on military might, and lampoons the men who sit in the seats of power. It’s a film about communication – or more accurately, the consequences of miscommunication.

+ Stanley Kubrick Considers the Bomb
UK 2019. Dir Matt Wells. 6min
This new short takes us inside Kubrick’s mind while making Dr. Strangelove...

Stuart Brown, Head of Programme and Acquisitions

The screening on Thu 30 May 18.00 features a Q&A with Katharina Kubrick, Roy Benson, Assistant Editor, David de Wilde, Special Effects Assistant Editor and Matt Wells, director of short film Stanley Kubrick Considers the Bomb.

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